Brandon Moore was always the model of calm and purposefulness in the New York Jets locker room, but the former Pro Bowl guard looked even more serene than usual as he strolled the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center today.
"You don't realize how wound up this profession makes you," said Moore, who was just introduced to reporters here by Rex Ryan as a newly retired O-lineman. "You're worried about performing so well, consistently, with all the preparation and time that goes into it, what that does to your mental, your physical, your emotional.
"I feel like a chapter has closed," he told me. "I don't like saying 'retiring.' I like saying I just don't play football anymore. But I'm just excited about whatever the next step is. Heck, I didn't know putting my hand in the dirt as a 13-year-old would bring me right here."
Moore spent his entire 10-year pro playing career as our fixture at right guard, playing in two AFC Championship Games in 2009 and '10 and in his only Pro Bowl after th...